On flyhooks.org I have collected a lot of hooks: now counting more than 1100 images of different hooksizes. Having these as a reference is of great help to the many that now visit the site every day, but there is always more to help with the identification or history of the hooks.
The boxes where the hooks come in is a history of its own: when did a hook come on the market, was it in a different batch than before, what material did the box come in (paper, plastic, hard-box or soft), what was the original writing on the box and much more. I’ve been collecting these as well as just hooks, so today I’ve uploaded 109 images of hook boxes to flyhooks.org
I look at this as a natural part of the history of the hooks, and include both old and new boxes (today’s boxes will at one point be of historical interest). I have more boxes (mostly more recent) yet to be photographed, but I’m starting with the first 100+ today.
I will try to create separate entries for the hooks for the different batches of hooks where the hook has evolved from one package to the other, to see if there are differences in the hook itself when it comes to where it comes from.
The URL is http://flyhooks.org/boxes and is linked to from the frontpage of flyhooks.org in addition to be a part of the “Other” menu point at the top of the page.
And yes: there will be one more thing… but I’ll save that to another day ;)
These are not sewed together with thread, but rather laminated on the sheet of paper. Some of them do have a bit of rust because the points and barbs have cut the laminated plastic and humidity have entered to the hooks.
Todays update on flyhooks.org comes from Ahrex hooks: earlier this year they sent me samples of all their hooks for addition to the flyhooks database. The update brings a total of 23 hooks from Ahrex to the site: the doubles and trebles are missing, but they will be added later.
From a start with hooks focusing on saltwater here in Scandinavia, they now have a range of hooks:
NS – Nordic Salt: baitfish, gammarus, shrimp
HR – Home Run: salmon, tube, trailer, doubles & trebles
TP – Trout Predator: for the big trout streamers
PR – Predator: pike and large predator fish
I welcome the addition of more barbless as they now have both predator, stinger and tube barbless in their lineup.
A couple of highlights for me in what I use: the NS110 for saltwater patterns, HR430 barbless tube that have a really solid build quality even in the smaller sizes, the heavy HR414 for salmon patterns and TP610 & TP650 for the larger trout streamers.
This brings the total of hooks with images to a total of 705, I would still love to get my hands on more Ahrex: if you have hooks in the sizes I’m missing, please send me a message!